Hello, I have seen other posts with similar plans but I need some advice on our specific plan.
I am traveling in a group of 4 (all mid 20s, very low budget) from the Bay Area to the Grand Canyon. One of our group is a friend visiting from Brazil and he's in an extremely tight schedule so we are stuck with our dates of leaving June 28th, returning July 5th (8 days).
One problem is the camp sites we found on nps.com for the Grand Canyon are fully booked and I was wondering if there are other places we can camp or any suggestions for areas we can stay inexpensively and still allow us to enjoy the Grand Canyon National Park. We could do a hostel near the park, or we could share a cheap hotel nearby. I just want to make sure wherever we stay we are still able to spend as much time in nature as possible.
Please offer any suggestions of how we can improve this road trip or optimize our time. I don't want to be too rushed so we can't enjoy the places we see.
Here is the tentative plan:
We are leaving the Bay Area Sunday June 28th, and driving to Las Vegas (8 hours) spending 1 night in Vegas just to break up the driving
29th driving to Grand Canyon (4 hours) - Staying until the 3rd (about 4 days there)
3rd drive back to Yosemite (9.5 hours, long day)
4th of july in Yosemite (staying with a friend)
5th drive back home to bay area (3 hours)
I appreciate any advice anyone can offer.